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Tuesday, December 23, 2008




Here, finally, is our Christmas card. (You can click on it to enlarge it.)

We had a great weekend seeing my family in Miami. It's been pretty much non-stop and with the exception of one more gift, I'm done with the shopping! Thank you, Lord!!!!! I am often stopping and taking deep breaths when I begin to get overwhelmed with all that is left to do.

I was told today that Scott has to work a full day tomorrow, which stinks because our Cuban celebration is on the 24th, so we'll be late. But, I keep reminding myself of the real reason for the season, and that's helping me get through the craziness of it all. Of course, the tradition continues that our "Noche Buena" celebration will be at my Mom's filled with family and friends and of course, the traditional pig roast, with black beans, rice and yucca! YUMMERS! (HERE are some pics from last year's celebration).

The little ones are beyond excited and so am I. For the first time in 5 years, I will have ALL of my babies together on Christmas morning. No waiting for anyone to come home this year. All of the sweeties that were born in my heart, are right there, in my heart and by my side. My oldest will be coming into town tomorrow with his fiancee. God is good!

I'm off to buy that last gift and will be scurrying back home to start the wrapping and making sure that no one is peeking. Amanda noticed that none of the gifts under the tree have her name on them. ::gasp::

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas. From the depths of my heart my desire is that your Christmas is filled with all the joy and hope that was brought into the world that first Christmas night.


17 comments :

He And Me + 3 said...

Your cards are beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas to you too!

Undercover-Princess said...

That is one beautiful family!

day by day said...

Hi Ohilda!

Your card is just beautiful!! Thanks so much...my Chelsea loved that you included your doggie!! We have always done that with our dog, but now we have a 10 month old puppy and she is waaay too crazy for that, yet. lol!

A very Merry Christmas to your family!! Your friendship has been a true gift to me this past year!

love to you!
~Michelle

Lisa said...

Love it! Have a Very Merry Christmas.

Terynn said...

Oh Ohilda! They are all looking at the camera! It's a thing of beauty. What a beautiful family. Merry Christmas, dear faithful sister in Christ. You carry the torch well for our Savior, burning brightly for His glory! Blessing you and yours this Christmas...

Teri (from Iowa)

Aus said...

Merry Christmas back at you and all of yours there O! Blessings and the best of the season -

love you guys -

aus and co

Tracy said...

Merry Christmas

sara said...

Oh your cards are beautiful!!! I just got my "ordered" yesterday...yep, they will be New Years cards! And I know what you mean about having all your kids home....it's so great!!!

merry Christmas friend!!!

Michelle said...

Ohilda,
Your Christmas card turned out great!! I am so glad to hear your entire family will be home with you this year. I hope you have such a wonderful Christmas surrounded by all the ones you love so dearly, celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior.

Love,
Michelle

Krista ~ Bits and pieces said...

Merry Christmas to your beautiful family!!!!

mommy24treasures said...

Merry Christmas Ohilda. I am so glad your cards arrived:)
Have a blessed Christmas.

Ruth said...

So glad you will all be together this year!! Have a very Merry Christmas!!!

Doug and Terrye said...

Doug has to work today also! Next year he has to work on Christmas day, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. Thankfully we can celebrate the birth of our Savior on any day :)

Terrye in FL

Carol said...

Ohilda,
Enjoy your holiday and may your and your family be bountifully blessed this Christmas!!!
Love,
Carol

Anonymous said...

Ohilda,
Hope you and your beautiful family have a wonderful Christmas and happy new year!! I love reading your blog!!
Patty Estes

Aus said...

Merry Christmas guys - peace - joy - love - and lots of hugs!

aus and co

Tracey Tardif said...

I love your picture!!! I hope you had a beautiful day...

Tracey and family

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